How To Make A Difference
Product Name: How To Make A Difference
Description of How To Make A Difference:
North America’s Leading Inspirational Teacher
and Best-Selling Author, Marjan Glavac…
“How to Make A Difference”
The Stress-Free Way to
Impact Your Students For Life
and Reignite Your Passion for Teaching
If you love teaching but the challenges that come with the job are starting to get under your skin, I know exactly how you feel. See if you can relate to my experience …
I reached a point where I’d dread going to school in the morning to teach. I would have a big knot in the pit of my stomach just thinking about my class.
I was facing a huge internal conflict …
Remember When You Graduated From Teachers College
You had all that energy, enthusiasm and expertise to make a difference (perhaps even with disadvantaged students who
struggle to get through each and every day). You looked forward to teaching any and all students in your class. You
spent an incredible amount of time getting your classroom set up during the summer.
It was a warm, welcoming and wonderful classroomone of the best classrooms in the entire school. You were nervous
that first day, not knowing what to expect.
Then you met your students.
They sat in their desks, alert, attentive and anxious to be taught by you. The first day was an exhausting but an exhilarating, exciting experience. You couldnt wait to get back to school and teach them some more.
It may have been in the first week, or in the first month or in the first term, but it happened.
Your students aren’t attentive any more. They’re off task. They’re defiant. The hours and hours you’ve spent on those picture perfect lesson plans seem to go out the window.
Your students are becoming more and more defiant. You get more and more frustrated with them, lose your cool more often and go home empty, exhausted and emotionally upset.
In spite of all these problems and challenges, youre still passionate about teaching. You still love to learn. You still love
to teach. You still love children.
But, youre running on empty, especially with those students who defy you more and more often, who seem to have taken
over your class, who dont seem to care anymore… You dont know what to do… You dont want to confess to other teachers
that youre experiencing problems with your class. That would be a sign of weakness.
You dont want to confess to your principal that youre experiencing problems. That might mean not getting rehired or
worsethat you werent meant to be a teacher.
You dont want to talk to any parents, because word would quickly get out that you cant control your class, that youre an
ineffective, incapable and worse, an incompetent teacher. The school year has barely started and youre already counting
the days, hours and minutes to the end of the term.
You keep hoping each day will be better, but instead it gets worse. You start thinking about getting out of teaching, quitting
and changing careers. Youre fed up, frustrated and fearful. You want the joy, the respect and the fulfillment from a
rewarding teaching career, but now, you just dont know what to do.
To put it very simply, I know exactly what youre going through in a very personal way because Ive been there myself.
In fact, Im still there. Teaching is tough, time-consuming and a trial by fire. No one really understands what its like to teach
all by yourself, all alone, isolated from adults in front of a group of disinterested, disruptive and defiant students, than
“You are making a difference in the lives of students and in the world.”
About Harry Wong: Harry is, arguably, the most motivational speaker in education. He is the author of The First Days of School, which has sold over 2 million copies. His techniques have been adapted by thousands of educators for success in their schools and classrooms, which explains why Harry Wong is the most sought after speaker in education today. He has been called Mr. Practicality for his common-sense, research-based, no-cost approach to managing a classroom for high-level student success.
For 29 years, Ive been teaching in the trenches, on the front lines, in the firing zone. Im in the class with my students,
day in and day out, just like you. I go through a roller coaster of emotions with them every day, the highs and lows, the
failures and successes, the joys and disappointments of daily teaching.
And just like you, I thought that my students would automatically love to learn, love the subjects that I taught and hunger
for more knowledge as much as I do. Boy, was I wrong!
Teachers College never gave me the effective teaching techniques needed to deal with the 30+ students crowded into
classes, students with ADD, ADHD, OCD, Tourettes Syndrome, oppositional behaviour, fetal alcohol syndrome, students
3 or more years below grade level in reading and math, bullies, abused students, temper tantrums, aggressive behaviour.
You know exactly what Im talking about: the classes from hell!
There is hope. In the face of all the challenges, you really can make a difference in your students’ lives.
All it takes is the decision to do things differently and some guidance from someone who’s been through it all.
You probably have your doubts. So let me share with you what one of my students wrote to me …
The Words of a Student Whose Life Changed Forever:
I was probably the most challenging student of Mr. Glavac’s “most challenging class of his career”.
Coming into his class in grade six, in a brand new school in a low income neighbourhood, I carried a lot with me. Like a lot of the 30+ students in that crammed portable, I came from a broken home, with a low income single mother stressed from raising 2 kids as a labourer in a local factory that laid her off more than gave her work.
I had already been introduced to drugs and alcohol via the local dealers who happened to be my next door neighbours. In twelve years of living, I had seen enough violence in my house, friends’ houses and my neighbourhood, to turn any young impressionable mind into a savage.
Most teachers would have put in for a transfer within the first week, but Mr. G took our class on head first.
Kids coming to school everyday dealing with the above mentioned, plus some of them I imagine were hungry, and had illnesses, didn’t…. no… couldn’t be expected to -have much of an appetite for learning.
Mr. Glavac recognized this and somehow came to see that the way to make us learn was to distract us from what was going on around us. He needed to find something that would get us so excited about doing it and what the end result could be, that we would forget what was going on around us, even if it was just from 9am – 3:30 p.m.
The way to do this was technology.
Most, if not all of us did not have a computer, and because the funding was so poor at our previous schools barely any one knew how to turn one on, let alone type essays and send them electronically over this thing called the World Wide Web.
Well, to put it frankly, it worked!
He did have a few challenges still however. Violent acts of rage, and disrupting outbursts from me and some of the students who followed my still unfound leadership.
Teaching home row for keyboarding to the kids who suffered from ADD, and ADHD must have been hard also.
When I look back, I can see how from month to month, we were becoming less and less interested in acting out in class, and more focused on our new found task at hand; to research and type stories and then put them together in an electronic newspaper and send it to schools around the world.
WOW! Most of us had never…
How To Make A Difference